MBTI Type: INTJ
Magua has spent years crafting his revenge, patiently awaiting his moment—he spent his time in captivity learning how to speak English so he could convince the white men of his good intent, in the hopes of it taking him closer to his ultimate goal of “cutting out” the general’s heart and killing his children, so “his seed” is wiped off the face of the earth. Once he sets his plan into motion, it goes much as he planned, until complications arise due to Hawkeye having fallen in love with Cora. He often speaks in metaphorical terms, showing his tendency to think in abstractions (the general’s “seed,” calling Englishmen slaves to the whims of their women, he is a son of his people, he will not bury the hatchet until it runs red with the blood of his enemies, then his heart will be whole again, etc). Magua argues rationally for his revenge before his chief, pointing out that him selling the Englishman Duncan to the French will get them enough money to buy weapons and establish a proper trade, which will eventually make their tribe “equal to the white man, and as “strong as the whites.” He focuses his arguments both on what it will get them financially (gold) and on how it will benefit them all (bring much honor to them), but he has a deeply personal motive for wanting Cora, Alice, and their father dead—a raid on his tribe ended the life of his children, caused his capture, and assuming him dead, his wife married another man. He does not consider his heart whole, and intends to make it so, through killing his enemy. Magua can be ruthless and unscrupulous, pointing out that his breaking of the French treaty benefitted and pleased his superior in the French army, but also surprisingly … tender. When he sees that Alice is about to jump off the cliff, he reads the pain and despair in her eyes and tries to coax her back off the ledge, but when she jumps, he simply goes on with his life. He does not waste time over-explaining himself, nor does he needlessly torture his enemies, though he does give them a painful death in his desire to enact his fantasy about how he might do it. Magua is a decent fighter, but prefers to enact a plan rather than improvise; he manages to defeat Uncas, but then is killed because he cannot react quick enough to an unexpected assault in his environment.
Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so
Magua does not like weakness or to be disrespected, nor would he let his woman treat him the way Duncan allows Alice and Cora to treat him (he would not cater to their demands or let them be in charge). He often challenges authority and provokes others, and has no need for them to agree with him; though he takes Alice as his prize, since his chief ordered him to take her as his wife, Magua berates him for being weak and stupid and storms away from the camp to make his own way in the world. He easily overpowers Uncas and shows him who is boss, and is angry when he cannot take his revenge outside the fort He points out that the French promised the Huron blood, and “our hatchets remain clean.” He takes his superior’s hint that he would not like to fight the same Englishmen a second time as an open invitation to slaughter them all on the road—and he orchestrates the attack, where he shoots the general off his horse and then cuts out his heart. Magua is willing to negotiate when necessary, and has a quiet but powerful resentful presence about him. He does not make impulsive decisions, but prefers to keep working steadily toward his goal.